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9 shots fired at Chinese Consulate during protest

December 16, 2011 |  8:06 am

Chinese consulate in Los Angeles, site of shootingA total of nine shots were fired at the Chinese Consulate on Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Polce Department.

The incident occurred after an altercation between a group of protesters outside the building and security officials.

Authorities said the gunman appeared to be firing shots at a security guard. He missed, but the building on Shatto Place was hit several times.

A man, identified only as being in his 50s, gave himself up to authorities, police said. There were no reports of injury in the shooting, which took place about 2:15 p.m. in the 400 block of Shatto Place.

LAPD officials said a group of protesters had gathered outside the consulate when one man in the group got into a verbal dispute with a security guard, who allegedly had taken a sign from the man and tossed it in the trash.

The protester got into a vehicle and fired several shots in the direction of the security guard, police said.

Police said a weapon has been recovered.

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